Alexandra Josephine Pontarelli

March 15, 1922March 6, 2021

Alexandra (Sandy) passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021. She was the wife of the late Raymond Pontarelli and loving mother of her two sons, James and William. She is predeceased by her brother Mitchell Gos. The daughter of Leon and Anna Gos, Alexandra grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Raymond and Alexandra married in 1947, moved to Northbrook, Illinois, then started a family. In 1984 she retired from a career in Human Resources and moved to Bonita, California. Raymond and Alexandra were married for fifty-one years. Recently, she moved to Indio, California with her two sons, to enjoy the desert lifestyle. Alexandra was outgoing, fun-loving and a dog lover. She loved entertaining, knitting and needlepoint. She touched the hearts of many people during her life and will be remembered for her love and kindness. A Memorial Mass will be held at Corpus Christi 450 Corral Canyon Road Bonita California 91902 on Wednesday May 5, 2021. Reception following at Glen Abbey's Little Lodge. 3838 Bonita Road Bonita California A Private Internment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Alzheimer’s Association


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • "Celebration of Life" Immediately Following Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Alexandra Josephine Pontarelli

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Deborah J Gross

May 4, 2021

Dear Jim and Bill,

My dearly beloved Auntie Sandra was very pretty --and very short! She had a huge, warm heart that made me feel very welcome, loved, and special each time I visited with my parents at the Northbrook IL home she shared with Uncle Ray -- and eventually with both of you.

She trusted me to babysit with her firstborn, which led to a Facts of Life talk I vaguely remember.

I am grateful that Larry and I visited the three of you in CA, and I am very glad that Donna and Jim are with you for support at this sad time.

I am sorry I am not with you now, but please know my love reaches out to you from afar.

Thank you for the many years of loving care you gave to my dear Auntie Sandra!

Much love always, Cousin Deb

Donna Dannenmiller

April 21, 2021

Dear Jim and Bill,

To me, as a child, my Auntie Sandra was a bright shining light of a person. She was always so welcoming with her brilliant smile and glorious laugh and loving, supportive and positive words. I adored being around her. My mom (Auntie Sandra’s sister-in-law) and my children have shared those very impressions, as well. Her loving ways of being will be forever remembered. Thank you both for the incredible years of caring for her. You both inherited her loving heart❣️

Your Cousin, Donna

Barbara Koelling

April 4, 2021

Dear Jim and Bill,
You have our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful, dear Mother. We know you gave her such good care and will feel her loss deeply. We shared such good times with her and your Dad and now they are reunited in heaven.

With love and deepest sympathy,

The Koelling family❤️

Terry Gilliland

March 17, 2021

Aunt Sandra is such a beautiful person. Always remember her laugh and the good times at holidays, reunions or just a simple visit. Great cook. Will always remember her in the boat when I went water skiing. Such wonderful memories.

Love you so much. We will meet again in a better place.

Your niece Terry